Our Version of Fifty Shades of Grey—A Wallpaper Paint Treatment!
Looking for a fun way to spice up your walls without the commitment of wallpaper? Use paint to make your own! That’s what we did. Wallpaper can be tough to work with and hiring someone to hang it can be expensive. We had a client who wanted something unique but the idea of wallpaper was a ‘no-go’ so we used this painted square wall treatment to make our own (I realize that they’re not all squares but you get the gist)! The greatest thing about this treatment is when it’s time to make a change, it’s just a matter of choosing a new paint color. Here’s how we did it.
Initially the room was beige with orange undertones. Before starting the paint treatment the trim was updated with white paint. Also, because the client expressed explicitly wanting a gray color palette, a base coat of a medium gray paint was applied. Now the fun begins!
Round 1: With the base coat applied, we started taping out our squares. We weren’t picky about choosing the size and placement of the squares but we were extremely careful to make each square level. We simply used a level to draw our lines and then taped them out and painted.
Round 2: After allowing the initial paint color to dry, we then repeated the same process of drawing our squares and taping them out. During this round we could have our squares appear to overlap one another. By taping directly over a square or we could make it seem as if the new square would be ‘in front’ of another. By taping around a specific section, we could make it seem as if the new square would be ‘behind’ it.
Round 3: Next we painted all of the newly taped sections a very light grey and removed the tape! Paint treatment complete! Between our base coat of grey and painted squares we actually ended up with three different shades of grey on the wall!
While this may not be a treatment you choose for your living room, it can be great for an accent wall in an office, playroom, or bedroom. It can really work anywhere you see fit and you can choose whatever colors you want!
Including the base coat this project took two days to complete. It’s definitely doable in a weekend, and the results will speak for themselves!
Where would you try this? I’d love to hear from you. Create. Innovate. Decorate!